New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal Bill,
which envisages quick and effective disposal of environment
related issues, was introduced in the Rajya Sabha today with
members asking for more powers to the proposed body for
settling civil disputes over environment related issues.
Initiating the discussion on the bill, Bal Apte (BJP) said
tribunals are not easily approachable. The intention of the
bill was good but the legislation was defective, he said.
He sought more powers to the proposed body and said
appointments in the tribunal should be extended to judges of
the High Court besides that of the Supreme Court and chief
justices of the High Court.
Ram Chandra Khuntia (Congress) supported the bill while
Saman Pathak (CPI-M) fear that the tribunal could become a
tool in the hands of corporate houses.
V Maitreyan (AIADMK) demanded greater transparency and
objectivity in the appointment of members of the tribunal.
Brij Bhushan Tiwary (SP), Kumar Deepak Das (AGP) and M P
Achuthan (CPI-M) sought an increase in the number of tribunal
members and wanted more tribunals in the states.